Activation method combined with characteristic X-ray counting: A possibility to measure (α,γ) cross sections on heavy p-nuclei

G. G. Kiss, T. Szücs, Gy Gyürky, Zs Fülöp, J. Farkas, Zs Kertész, E. Somorjai, M. Laubenstein, C. Fröhlich, T. Rauscher

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Abstract

For an improved modeling of the astrophysical nucleosynthesis of p-nuclei, low energy cross section data of alpha-induced reactions on heavy isotopes are needed. Technical difficulties hamper the experimental determination of these cross sections, therefore the relevant experimental data are almost completely missing. Here we present a new method for the cross section measurements, the activation technique based on the detection of characteristic X-ray radiation. The feasibility of the method is illustrated through the measurement of the 169Tm(α,γ)173Lu and 169Tm(α,n)172Lu reaction cross sections. Despite the relatively long half-life of the reaction products (T1/2=500 and 6.7 days, respectively) it was possible to measure the cross section of the 169Tm(α,γ)173Lu reaction between Ec.m.=13.16 and 17.08 MeV. The 169Tm(α,n)172Lu reaction cross section was derived from close above the threshold up to Ec.m.=17.08 MeV. Details of the new method and the experimental results are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-65
Number of pages14
JournalNuclear Physics A
Volume867
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2011

Keywords

  • Activation method with HPGe and LEPS detectors
  • Deduced
  • Measured
  • Nuclear reactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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